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Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

A great dish for dessert or breakfast, these filled crepes are quick and easy to make, full of wonderful flavor, and make any occasion special.

Louisiana Dinner in the Garden Menu
by Wen Zientek-Sico

It is time to start planning outdoor entertaining...and this recipe is a perfect introduction to dining outdoors. Enjoy a taste of Louisiana with this menu created by Perfect Entertaining and Shelley from Shelley's Secret Garden and The Kitchen Garden.

Perfect Entertaining worked with Shelley from Shelley's SecretGarden and The Garden Kitchen to develop a menu based on Shelley's great recipes. Described by Shelley as recipes that "have all been cooked by me, and enjoyed by many, right here in my own garden kitchen, in Louisiana", they make a great meal for a dinner al fresco in the garden. All of the dishes are quickly prepared and the entrée and side dish bake easily together in the oven. They all also can be assembled ahead of time, allowing you to just slide them into the oven at the correct time.

Grilled Shrimp

Italian Baked Round Steak

Potatoes Savoyard

Asparagus Casserole

Pineapple Coconut Chess Pie

Recipe notes:

Start off the evening with the Grilled Shrimp cooked and served in the garden with cocktails or frosty drinks.

About 1 3/4 hours before dinner prepare the Italian Baked Round Steak and place in the oven. Keep warm on the stove if it is ready before your guests are. The Potatoes Savoyard and Asparagus Casserolecan be prepared and assembled ahead of time, but do not place them in the oven until 30 minutes before dinner.

The Pineapple Coconut Chess Pie can be made up to a day in advance.

Make sure to visit Shelley's SecretGarden and The Garden Kitchen. Her pages are beautiful, well designed and offer plenty of inspiration. The recipes are really great too!

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